Conor McGregor’s best lines at press conference with Khabib Nurmagomedov
Conor McGregor has made a name for himself in the UFC as not only one of the most technically proficient strikers ever to grace the Octagon, but also as one of the most entertaining personalities in the history of the promotion. McGregor’s fights in the UFC have all been highly entertaining affairs, but what also makes the Irishman one of the most polarising figures in all of MMA is his entirely unique promotional style.
Managing to be loved and detested in equal measure, McGregor has utilised every media opportunity afforded to him since the start of his UFC tenure to put more eyes on him and his fight and tonights UFC 229 press conference in New York was no different.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) September 20, 2018
Managing to talk smack about a variety of subjects, it’s clear that the Irishman had done his due diligence in preparing a number of topics to absolutely tear into Khabib and apparently everyone the Russian is associated with.
One of the things McGregor used as ammunition was Khabib’s relationship with now-imprisoned Russian businessman Ziyavudin Magomedov.
“Over in his (Khabib’s) neck of the words, a man who is now in prison, Vladimir Putin locked him up for embezzeling 150 million from the Russian people started to invest and pump money into Khabib’s gym, so he (Khabib) started to grow in power, started to gain false power and thinking he was a hardman tough guy, then his man gets locked up and now there’s not a bean left.
McGregor also commented publicly on the infamous bus incident prior to UFC 223 for the first time.
“(Khabib is) A little hard man in groups. I’ve met many of them through my years. A man who grows in numbers, but when on his own and confronted in a similar situation cowers away, and that’s what you saw with that little b*tch on the bus over there.
Khabib tried to get one over on McGregor by referring to the photo of the two of them from 2014 that has since been widely circulated, but Conor was having none of it.
“You bought my t-shirt your a little fanboy. You bought t-shirts to support the cause. Listen kid, don’t be talking to me about Twitter.
However, what was perhaps McGregor’s most vicious barb wasn’t even directed at Nurmagomedov himself. When the Russian’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, started talking smack to McGregor after the staredown the Notorious was ruthless with his rebuttal.
— The MMA Bible (@TheMMABible) September 20, 2018
“Terroist snitch. I know a lot about you aswell, How’s Noah? Don’t ever speak about me!
FYI, Noah is the son Ali abandoned in Colorado when he started as an informant for the NYPD and who he is $50k behind in child support for. @TheNotoriousMMA does his homework when preparing for war.
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) September 20, 2018
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